10 Great Jasmine Shrubs and Vines for Your Landscape

Jasmines include a group of roughly 200 species from the Jasminum genus, a sizable number of which are cultivated for ornamental landscape use. The group includes many flowering shrubs and vines, both deciduous and evergreen. The main appeal of the jasmines is their glossy green leaves and fragrant white or yellow flowers. The Jasminum genus falls within the Oleaceae family, which also includes olives, as well as plants such as border forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia), common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), and fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus).

The name "jasmine" is sometimes used in common names for other plants that are not actually true jasmines. A notable example is the star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), usually known as star jasmine or confederate jasmine, which is actually a relative of oleander. 

False Jasmine Is Truly Poisonous

True jasmines, the species categorized within the Jasminum genus, are not hazardous for human consumption. However, the plant often known as false jasmine, yellow jasmine, or evening trumpet flower (Gelsemium sempervirens), is a common garden specimen that is notably toxic. This climbing plant, which has yellow flowers and resembles climbing forms of jasmine, contains strychnine-related alkaloids that can cause effects ranging from skin irritation to convulsions and death. True jasmines (Jasminus spp.) are perfectly safe plants, but beware of those sold as yellow jasmine or false jasmine.

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    Angel Wing Jasmine (Jasminum nitidum)

    Angel wing jasmine

     

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    Angel wing jasmine is an attractive, spreading, vine-like groundcover with a shrubby habit. It produces abundant large, fragrant, white flowers with purple undersides. It is best used as flowering evergreen spilling out of containers, or as a filler that spreads and fills space between shrubs. Another common name for angel wing jasmine is shining jasmine.

    • Native area: Papua New Guinea's Admiralty Islands; has naturalized in Florida
    • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11; sometimes successful in zone 9
    • Height: As vine, 15 to 20 feet or more; as a shrub, 2 to 4 feet with pruning
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Common Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

    Jasminum officinale, Common Jasmine, fragrant
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    Common jasmine is a large deciduous or semi-evergreen vining shrub that has a graceful look and a very appealing scent. Beginning in late spring or early summer and running into fall, it produces large clusters of 3 to 5 white flowers. In northern climates, common jasmine is sometimes grown in pots and brought indoors for the winter. Other common names for common jasmine include hardy jasmine or true jasmine.

    • Native Area: Central Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 7 to 10; zone 6 with protection
    • Height: 7 to 15 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Italian Jasmine (Jasminum humile)

    Jasminum humile

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    Also known as yellow jasmine, the Italian jasmine is a favorite shrub of gardeners in warmer climates since they are easy to care for and require little attention. They have glossy green leaves, fragrant buttercup-yellow flowers, and shiny black berries. It has a very long bloom period—late winter to early fall.

    • Native Area: Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: 5 to 15 feet tall
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Pink Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)

    Jasminum polyanthum

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    Also known as white jasmine, this plant is a fast-growing evergreen vine grown for its prolific display of very fragrant pinkish-white flowers. It is best used as a climber over trellis or arbor, as a ground cover, or in containers. This is not a clinging vine; it needs to be manually secured to a trellis or other structure.

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: 25 feet or more
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
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    Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)

    Jasminum mesnyi

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    Although somewhat unusual in the U.S., this plant really should be used more. The shrub produces yellow flowers that are larger than those found on most varieties—the flowers begin in early spring and last for a few weeks. This large shrub has an open, sprawling growth habit and is quite tolerant of drought. It is sometimes known as Japanese jasmine or Chinese jasmine. This plant can get overly brushy if not pruned back frequently.

    • Native area: Southern China, Vietnam; has naturalized in Central America and the southern U.S.
    • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: 2 to 6 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Royal Jasmine (Jasminum rex)

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    This is a smaller variety of climbing jasmine for warm climates that produces sweet-smelling pure-white flowers nearly all year long. It is excellent for covering fences and trellises or for training around topiary forms. This is a fast-growing evergreen form that can quickly cover a small structure.

    • Native Area: Thailand
    • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
    • Height: Up to 8 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)

    Jasminum sambac


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    Arabian jasmine, sometimes known as Sampaguita or Asian jasmine, is an evergreen shrub that is often trained to climb a trellis. In landscape use, it is usually planted in containers that can be brought indoors in cool weather. This is the national flower of both the Philippines and Indonesia. It has a vine-like, climbing nature but is still fairly thick and shrubby. The typical sweet jasmine scent produced by pure white, star-shaped flowers that each are only 1-inch wide and blooms for 24 hours. Jasmine tea is made from the flowers of this species.

    • Native Area: India and Southeast Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 9 to 11
    • Height: 6 to 10 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Stiff Jasmine (Jasminum volubile)

    Stiff jasmine

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    Stiff jasmine, sometimes known as Australian wax jasmine, is a twining or sprawling vine with glossy evergreen leaves. It can be trained onto a trellis or other support or pruned into a hedge. This plant is sometimes categorized as Jasminum simplicifolium subsp. australiense.

    • Native Area: Australia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: 2 to 5 feet tall as a shrub, 30 feet or more as a vine
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

    Jasminum nudiflorum
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    Winter jasmine, also known as hardy jasmine, is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with long arching branches. Bright yellow 1-inch flowers appear in early spring. It works well as a ground-cover on slopes or to cover retaining walls. 

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 10
    • Height: 6 to 15 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Wild Jasmine (Jasminum fruticans)

    Jasminum fruticans

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    The wild jasmine (Jasminum fruticans) is sometimes categorized as Jasminum odoratissimum or Jasminum floridum. This evergreen plant (or semi-evergreen in cooler climates) produces clusters of deep yellow blooms from spring through summer. It makes a great low evergreen groundcover or hedge, or it can be used to cascade over a fence or wall. It grows relatively slowly and is resistant to drought and pests.

    Other common names you may hear used for wild jasmine include yellow jasmine, fruity jasmine, and Florida jasmine.

    • Native Area: Southern Europe
    • USDA Growing Zones: 6b to 11
    • Height: 10 to 12 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

Growing Tip

All jasmines will do best when grown in in warm, sheltered locations. While they all have good tolerance for shady locations, you can expect flowering to be slightly less profuse when they are growing in shade.